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Council for Science and Technology

Volume 689: debated on Thursday 1 March 2007

My honourable friend the Minister of State for Science and Innovation (Malcolm Wicks) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Prime Minister has appointed three new members to the Council for Science and Technology (CST). They are:

Professor Peter Davies;

Professor Alan Gilbert;

Dr Philip Ruffles CBE.

The Prime Minister also reappointed the following 13 members to the CST. They are:

Professor Sir John Beringer CBE;

Professor Geoffrey Boulton OBE FRS FRSE;

Professor Janet Finch CBE DL AcSS;

Professor Wendy Hall CBE FREng;

Dr Hermann Hauser FREng;

Professor Alan Hughes;

Dr Sue Ion OBE FREng;

Sir Paul Nurse FRS;

Sir Keith Peters FRS AMS;

Dr Krishnamurty Rajagopal FREng;

Professor Michael Sterling FREng;

Professor Kathy Sykes;

Dr Mark Walport AMS;

The Prime Minister also appointed Professor Janet Finch as CST independent co-chair. Professor Finch will act as co-chair alongside the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King.

CST is the UK Government's top-level advisory body on science and technology policy issues. It reports directly to the Prime Minister. CST's remit is to advise the Prime Minister, the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales and the responsible Minister at the Northern Ireland Office on strategic science and technology policy issues that cut across the responsibilities of individual government departments.

Full details of CST's terms of reference and organisation can be found at

Appointments were made in accordance with the guidance from the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The appointments will run for three years from 1 March 2007.